Sweet and Sour Duck

Forget take out, try this homemade version with duck and have the best dinner at home!

Sweet and sour chicken used to be a takeout favorite of mine. The traditional version is a popular American Chinese dish that is surprisingly easy to make at home! In my version crispy duck pieces are coated in the classic sweet and sour sauce that you’ll want to pour over everything. It’s so good that you’ll put it on the permanent rotation, that is if you have enough ducks in the freezer to keep up!

Sweet and Sour Duck Recipe

Ingredients for the Sweet and Sour Duck:

This Sweet and Sour Duck recipe is such a winner and perfect for a weeknight meal with a freshly steamed bowl of rice! Here is what you’ll need for the recipe:

  1. Duck Breasts: I typically use mallard but any puddle duck will do.
  2. Salt and Pepper
  3. Flour
  4. Cornstarch
  5. Soy Sauce- use an all purpose soy sauce or a light soy sauce for this recipe.
  6. Minced Garlic
  7. Soda Water- yes, you read that correctly.
  8. Egg
  9. Onion
  10. Bell Peppers- I like to do both green and red for added color.

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Crispy duck glazed in a sweet and sticky sauce that is out of this world. Serve over a bed of rice for the perfect weeknight meal.

  • Author: Jenn Homa
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Duck Recipes
  • Method: Frying


  • 1 pound Duck Breasts Skin Removed, Cut Into Bite Sized Pieces (1 inch)
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • ⅓ cup Rice Flour or All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Corn Starch
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon MInced Garlic
  • ⅓ cup Soda Water (Cold)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • Oil, For Frying
  • Rice For Serving (Optional)
  • Green Onions, To Garnish (Optional)
  • Sesame Seeds, To Garnish (Optional)

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Cut duck breast into 1 inch pieces then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, corn starch, soy sauce, minced garlic, soda water and egg. Whisk together then set duck into the marinade and mix well. Rest for 15-20 minutes.
  3. While you’re waiting, chop vegetables and mix together sauce ingredients.
  4. To a large saucepan, add in one tablespoon of neutral cooking oil or butter. Add in chopped onion and bell peppers. Sauté for 2 minutes. Pour in sauce and let simmer while you prepare the duck.
  5. In a separate pan, add in frying oil. You’ll need enough so that the duck is covered, approximately 2-3 inches. Once the oil is hot (about 350 degrees), add in duck and fry for about 3 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Be careful to not overcook.
  6. Add duck to the sauce and mix well. Serve over a bed of rice (if desired), garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

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